Lay Catholic Scientists - Part 1


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Lay Catholic Scientists - Part 1

  1. 1. Catholic Scientists A Collection of Lay Catholic Scientists - Part 1 - © The Catholic Laboratory
  2. 2. George Agricola 1494 - 1555 Father of minerology Studied medicine, physics, chemistry but practiced medicine Wrote on extensively on geology, mining and smelting Defended the faith against Protestantism © The Catholic Laboratory
  3. 3. Gabriello Fallopio 1523 - 1562 Anatomist and physician Studied the anatomy of the head, ears and sinuses Described the tube leading from ovary to uterus - the Fallopian tube Published papers on ulcers, uses of baths and thermal waters, the composition of drugs, and on wounds of the head © The Catholic Laboratory
  4. 4. Hieronymus Fabricius 1537 - 1619 Anatomist and surgeon Father of embryology Investigated development of chicken embryos Produced beautiful illustrations on anatomy Credited with discovery of network of valves in veins © The Catholic Laboratory
  5. 5. Louis Pasteur 1822 - 1895 Founder of physio-chemistry and father of bacteriology Created first vaccine for rabbies and reduced mortality from puerperal fever Discivered molecular basis for asymmetry in certain crystals Inventor of bio-therapeutics and process now called Pasteurisation His faith was as genuine as his science © The Catholic Laboratory
  6. 6. Jean Baptiste Dumas 1800 - 1884 Pharmacist and Chemist Professor at the Sorbonne & dean of faculty of sciences Became a politician in 1849 and senator in 1851 Dumas defended the faith from materialism © The Catholic Laboratory
  7. 7. Augustine-Jean Fresnel 1788 - 1827 Physicist Studied theoretical and experimental behaviour of light Inventor of the Fresnel Lens first used in Lighthouses Name attributed to light related equations, instruments and phenomena © The Catholic Laboratory
  8. 8. Sir Alexander Flemming 1881 - 1955 Discovered Pencillin Knighted in 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 Huntarian Professorship by Royal College of Surgeons Est. 200 million lives saved by Pencillin © The Catholic Laboratory
  9. 9. John A. O’Keefe 1916 - 2000 Developed theory of tektites - natural glass objects found on Earth Co-discoverer of YORP effect - how sunlight affects the spin of meteors and asteroids Major leader of American lunar science programme Planetary scientist & Geodesist with NASA © The Catholic Laboratory
  10. 10. Stephen M. Barr Professor of Physics and Delaware University Elementary Particle Theory Supersymmetric Grand Unified Theories Cosmology Writes on faith and science © The Catholic Laboratory
  11. 11. Michael Behe Professor of Biology at Lehigh University Emphasises ‘irreducible complexity’ over Darwinian evolution W ritten ‘Darwin’s Back Box’ and ‘The Edge of Evolution’ © The Catholic Laboratory
  12. 12. John Davison Retired Professor of Zoology at the University of V ermont Author of “An evolutionary manifesto” Investigating natural avenue for single-generation species change A recent convert to Catholicism! © The Catholic Laboratory
  13. 13. Bernard d’Espagnat French physicist, author and philosopher of science Professor Emeritus in theological physics at Paris-Sud University Developed quantum mechanics and contributed to quantum information science Conducted experiments into ‘Bell’s inequalities’ theorem 2009 T empleton Prize winner © The Catholic Laboratory
  14. 14. You - maybe? Over 1000 years of Catholic Science Over 200 ‘noted’ Catholic Scientists The Catholic Church is credited with the birth of science during the 11th Century Proof that it is possible to be a Scientist and be Catholic! © The Catholic Laboratory
  15. 15. Want to know more? Visit The Catholic Laboratory A podcast about the Catholic Faith and Science